Matroid rank functions and discrete concavity

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We discuss the relationship between matroid rank functions and a concept of discrete concavity called \({{\rm M}^{\natural}}\)-concavity. It is known that a matroid rank function and its weighted version called a weighted rank function are \({{\rm M}^{\natural}}\)-concave functions, while the (weighted) sum of matroid rank functions is not \({{\rm M}^{\natural}}\)-concave in general. We present a sufficient condition for a weighted sum of matroid rank functions to be an \({{\rm M}^{\natural}}\)-concave function, and show that every weighted rank function can be represented as a weighted sum of matroid rank functions satisfying this condition.


Matroid Rank function Discrete concave function Submodular function Combinatorial optimization 

Mathematics cSubject Classification

90C27 68Q25 


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  1. 1.Graduate School of Information SciencesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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